Research shows that students do better when parents and the community are involved - test scores rise, remediation rates drop, graduation rates improve, and everyone understands and values their roles in the success of our students. Platte County School District's Parent IgNIGHT series of informative parent sessions is designed to include, inform, involve, and ignite parents, as we believe included, informed, and involved parents can contribute to student success. Join us for our next informative session!
Signs of Suicide: Engaging Parents as Partners in Suicide Prevention
September 12, 2019, 6:30-8:00pm, Platte County High School Paxton Center
The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions—difficult for students and their parents. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression—which is treatable—is a leading risk factor for suicide. To proactively address these issues, Platte County School District offers depression awareness and suicide prevention training as a part of the SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. Parents learned the components of this program, and were provided skills to continue conversations with our students to proactively address these issues, and engage as partners in suicide prevention. If you were unable to join us, click here to view the presentation, here to view the Facebook Live video, and here to visit the website with SOS parent resources.
Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope
Viewers unpacked the science behind trauma and toxic stress through this film, and following the film we discussed how our schools, community and parents can address the needs of students who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences. If you were unable to join us for this session, you can view the presentation here, as well as access handouts on practical strategies for building resilience in our children below:
- 10 Tips for Building Resilience in Children and Teens
- 6 Tips for Helping Teens Manage Stress
- 9 Ways to Help Your Children Cope with Stress
- Discipline Cheat Sheet
Safeguarding our Children, Part II: Drugs, Vaping, Alcohol, and other Distractions
May 1, 2019, 6:30-8:00pm, Platte City Middle School Forum Room
If you were unable to join us for this session which focused on parent prevention efforts and supports available with regards to drugs, alcohol, vaping and other distractions, you can view the presentation here and visit some applicable resources here. We also streamed our presentation via Facebook Live. Thank you to Sherri Miller, Youth Prevention Specialist with Tri County Mental Health, who covered how addiction changes the adolescent brain, overviewed vapes and other inhalants, discussed drugs and alcohol, and outlined parent prevention efforts and supports.
Reading, Math, and Study Strategies at Home
March 13, 2019, 6:30-8:00pm, Pathfinder Elementary
If you were unable to join us for this session, you can view our presentation here, and check out the attached handouts that contain a variety of reading/English Language Arts and math resources recommended by our team of experts. Click the videos below for information on the recommended resources.
Safeguarding our Children Part I: Protecting our Children in the Digital World
November 27, 2018, 6:30-8:00pm, Paxton Center
Join us to increase your awareness of potentially dangerous apps and social media behavior, what our schools are doing to educate students about online safety, and what you as a parent can do to help keep your child safe. During this session, parents will hear from Dr. Mike Brown, Assistant Superintendent; Dr. Jennifer Beutel, Executive Director of Pupil Services; and Russ Tuttle, of the Stop Trafficking Project.
If you were unable to join us for this session, you can view our presentation here, or review the attached handouts we created after collaborating with our expert speaker. We also streamed our presentation via Facebook Live on our Platte County School District Facebook page.